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Tanjore paintings from Tanjore

Tanjore paintings from Tanjore

unjal_krishnaThree years ago, when my friend Smita went to stay in Tanjore, a small little town in Tamil Nadu, southern India, she was despairing. A journalist married to an officer in the Indian Police Service (her husband was posted to the town, necessitating the move), she knew that work opportunities would be non-existent there.

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“Legends of India” Restaurant in New Delhi

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You may not agree with everything Jiggs Kalra, grand daddy of food writing and consultancy in India, does but you have to agree with at least some of the things! Jay Inder Kalra, who began his career with Khushwant Singh’s Illustrated Weekly and went on to become the country’s best-known authority on regional cuisine “discovering” hawkers and kebabchis, dhabas and one-degh places for wider audiences, rescuing endangered family recipes, recording them in his many books, and above all, standardizing into scientific grams and spoonfuls all the creative flair of chefs working primarily on “andaz” or instinct, also managed to irk a lot of people en route.

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Thai food in India

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Thai cuisine, of course, never became as popular as Chinese food– and its many versions — in India, particularly northern India: A surprising thing, considering that it is hot and flavourful, and thus suited to the Indian palate.

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